13394 section
Wildlife holidays in South America with Naturetrek
For friendly, expert advice call: +44 (0) 1962 733051 Office open Mon to Fri 8:30am - 5:30pm and Sat 9am - 1pm

Landing banner image

South America

For the natural history enthusiast, a trip to see South America’s extraordinary diversity of wildlife is a must!

Wildlife holidays in South America

South America is a beguiling place. With climatic, altitudinal and geographical extremes as wide as any and more bird species than any other continent, names such as ‘Amazon’ and ‘Galápagos’ have an endless fascination. To witness the staggering variety of life there is a goal that must be satisfied for anyone interested in natural history.

Our South America specialist recommends...

"Our outstanding 2-week cruise of the Galápagos aboard a splendid schooner is, in my opinion, second to none! In Peru I’d recommend our ‘Macaws & Machu Picchu’ tour which visits the world’s largest clay-lick and includes an optional trek to Machu Picchu. If you’re on a budget try our popular ‘Ecuador – Cock-of-the-rock’ tour or ‘Colombia – Multicoloured Tanager’ holiday."

Andy Tucker
Naturetrek Tour Manager

Quick Enquiry

All fields are required.

Featured Tours

Gallery

Mother and CubSunset while on Night DriveGiant River OttersToco ToucansJaguar (Stephen Woodham)Giant River Otter (Stephen Woodham)Giant River Otters (Stephen Woodham)Maned Wolf (Stephen Woodham)Andean Cock-of-the Rock (Byron Palacios)Antisana Volcano (Ann Chase)Cordillera de los Guacamayos (Byron Palacios)Yellow Grosbeak (Byron Palacios)Chestnut-eared Aracari (Mike Galtry)Back Howler Monkey (Mike Galtry)Nacunda NighthawkGreater Rhea (Mike Galtry)Track to Refugio Los Volcanes (Mike & Maryilyn BurgeCloud forest, Cochabamba (Mike & Maryilyn Burge)

Naturetrek tours to South America

From the great tropical rainforests of the north to the dramatic landscapes of Patagonia, Naturetrek’s South America holidays go in search of the continent’s dazzling array of birds, mammals and other wildlife. Here are just some of the Naturetrek wildlife tours in South America that you can choose from:

  • Ecuador – The Andes & Amazon – a birdwatching tour of the western cloudforests, high páramo and the Amazon lowlands
  • Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands – a 2-week cruise of the Galápagos Islands
  • Argentine Patagonia – explores southern Patagonia, the Peninsula Valdés, Glaciares National Park and Tierra del Fuego
  • Peru – Macaws & Machu Picchu – visit the famous Inca ruins and enjoy an isolated clay-lick on the Upper Tambopata River
  • Brazil – Just Jaguars! – our dedicated Jaguar-watching holiday taking you to the heart of the Brazilian Pantanal and into the heart of the ‘Jaguar Zone’!
  • South America’s Big Cats – focuses on searching for Pumas in Chile and Jaguars in  the Pantanal
  • The Falkland Islands – comprehensive exploration of these remote South Atlantic islands and a chance to see as many penguins as you could wish for!
  • Guyana – A Timeless Paradise – this unspoiled country is home to Giant Anteaters, Giant River Otters and Guianan Cock-of-the-rock and boasts some breathtaking scenery including waterfalls, pristine forests and savannahs

Birdwatching holidays in South America …
If your passion is birdwatching, then you can’t beat South America! We offer a superb variety of dedicated birdwatching holidays to the continent. Here’s a selection:

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR South America HOLIDAYS

The itinerary delivered everything and more! We were even rounded up from our rooms, when a Jaguar was spotted on the the river at SouthWild Pantanal Lodge. We couldn't have asked for a better ending, to what had already been an amazing adventure.

P.G.
Cambridgeshire
Ecuador - Cock-of-the-rock

Altogether an excellent trip. I have nothing but praise for our birding guide, Xavier Munoz, and our driver. We made use of every minute of daylight, plus some birding in the dark in pursuit of nightjars and Potoo (successfully, I may add). The amount of birds seen exceeded my expectations.

E.F.
Hertfordshire
Brazil - Just Jaguars!

The opportunity to see so many jaguars and lots of other wildlife. The naturalist guide Paulo in the Pantanal could not be faulted; his English was excellent and his knowledge amazing. He spared no effort in seeking out the best possible sightings and looking for elusive animals.